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Buiyaw Thoethupoegay (The Coming of The Light prayer)

On 1 July annually, Torres Strait Islanders celebrate the anniversary of ‘The Coming of The Light’ when The London Missionary Society and Melanesian leaders landed on Erub in 1871, introducing the Bible to the people who lived there. Hear Saibai Elder Aunty Dr Rose Elu share the Buiyaw Thoethupoegay (The Coming of The Light prayer) in Kalaw Kawaw Ya in this special video

Video Mabo Day celebrations Video

Torres Strait Islander parishioners celebrate Mabo Day

Dancer and singers celebrate the 30th anniversary of the landmark High Court Mabo case decision on Friday 3 June 2022 in the church hall of Holy Trinity, Fortitude Valley. The musicians are led by parishioner Uncle Rupert, whose chieftain great-great-great grandfather received the Bible in 1871 from London Missionary Society and Melanesian Christians. The dancers are from the Malu Kiai Mura Buai Dance Company, and include many Torres Strait Islander parishioners. People from across our Diocesan community gathered for the special service and the spirited fellowship time

Eddie Mabo and Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC outside the High Court of Australia (Image courtesy of AIATSIS)
Features

The Mabo case 30 years on: still an icon of rightness and fairness

“The landmark Mabo case has become an icon of rightness and fairness, particularly demonstrated in this oft-quoted line from the classic 1997 film The Castle: “In summing up, it’s the Constitution, it’s Mabo, it’s justice, it’s law, it’s the vibe’,” says Saibai Elder Aunty Dr Rose Elu, as National Reconciliation Week continues

Homilies & Addresses

Mothering Sunday: 27 March 2022 – St John’s East Malvern (Melbourne)

“I was not the best with sailing growing up, especially given that I am from the sea. I suffered terrible seasickness as a child. Whenever we sailed, I would always stay on deck, close to my father so I felt safe… As we sat around my father while he steered the rudder, he told us that, ‘The rainbow is God’s creation and God made this world in beautiful colours, including his people.’ He then told us not to be judgmental and to always respect, honour and listen to one another. He said that loving others is always the most important thing,” said Aunty Dr Rose Elu during her Mothering Sunday sermon at St John’s East Malvern